What is Compliance?

Compliance is a systematic approach to governance designed to ensure the University meets its obligation under all applicable federal and state laws, regulations, best practices and standards, contractual obligations, University System of Georgia (USG)/Board of Regents (BoR) policies, and institutional policies. 

In addition, compliance seeks to achieve accountability and transparency in all University operations.

What is a Compliance Program?

A Compliance Program identifies, monitors, and assesses risk as it relates to the large number of regulatory requirements that exist within higher education.  It provides a system for you to report suspected wrongdoing as well as a framework for you to inquire about various situations (for example, processes, situations or behaviors) that could impact the University’s compliance efforts.  The Compliance Program encourages open and transparent communication.  It provides you with a single contact when you need assistance, guidance or more information on existing or emerging compliance issues.

Why do we have a Compliance Program?

The number of regulations and regulatory oversight continues to increase while budgets and funding continues to be a challenge.  We have to do more with less.  An effective Compliance Program is designed to help all members of GC’s campus community comply with the multitude of laws, acts, regulations, and statutes that govern higher education.  Georgia College is strongly committed to ethical conduct and fostering a "culture of compliance" based on the 3Rs.

Why is Compliance Important?

Accountability, integrity and ethical behavior are necessary companions to the University’s mission and the successful advancement of knowledge.  The University is committed to ensuring that all employees are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws and University policies.  When acting on behalf of the University, employees are responsible for following the laws and policies that apply to their department/school/office, their position, and their work-related activities. 

Concerned about possible fraud, waste, or abuse, we want to hear from you.  Report your concerns via the Ethics and Compliance Hotline.